In less than a week, I will be braving a cross-country, red-eye flight with a two year old.
This is our first plane trip as a family and our longest extended stay away from home. To say I’m anxious would be an understatement. My mind has been racing with what seems like a million things to plan: Figuring out what to bring on the flight. Getting the house and dog ready for the sitter. Anticipating what gear we’ll need once we’re in New York. My blood pressure rises with every new thought. But today I finally sat down and made a list. And, amazingly, I feel much better.
Why do I always forget how calming a list can be? Until it’s on paper, it’s an infinite string of things. But once it’s in a list, it’s a plan. And plans I can handle.
Here are some of my favorite thoughts on to-do lists:
- Robyn Scott writes on how making her tasks emotional made her more productive.
- Penelope Trunk shares the best ways to ruin a list.
- Heather Sanders embraces (literally) the coffee mug to-do list.
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